Tornado was on the ground for more than an hour


Forecasters say the tornado that slammed into Beauregard, Alabama, scraped the ground for one hour and 16 minutes as it tracked nearly 69 miles (111 kilometers) across Alabama and Georgia.

That means the Sunday tornado traveled at an average speed of nearly 55 mph (89 kph) — a common speed for cars and trucks on many of the highways it crossed.

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Details of the storm track come from a newly compiled National Weather Service report.

Twenty-three people were killed and dozens more were injured when the EF4 twister ripped through Beauregard. The youngest of those killed was 6, the oldest 89.

Although the tornado lost some intensity in Georgia, forecasters say it still destroyed several homes in the state and injured 7 people in the area of Talbotton, Georgia. No deaths were reported in Georgia.

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